West Highland Flora

Alpine Willowherb


Epilobium anagallidifolium

 

Epilobium anagallidifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye
Flower 7 mm across

Rare, confined to wet flushes high in hills.

Plants c 8-20 cm high.  Flower diameter c 4-7 mm

ID: Stem more or less hairless apart from lines of hairs down the two raised ridges.  Leaves rather pale green, about 2-3.5 x as long as wide, narrowing to the base.  Can be hard to tell from Chickweed Willowherb but that has dark green leaves rounded at base and flowers 7-12 mm.  Marsh Willowherb sometimes has two lines of hairs (without raised ridges), but has much narrower leaves.

Other features: Sepals red.  Leaves not or hardly toothed.  In late summer produces above-ground stolons from base with pairs of small green leaves.

 

Epilobium anagallidifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye
Flower 7 mm across

  Epilobium anagallidifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye
Flower 7 mm across

 

Epilobium anagallidifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Jul 2003 Storr, Skye
Flower 7 mm across
 

Habitat - and fruit capsule on left


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